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~Warm and fragrant cinnamon tea~
From time to time to help settle a nervous tummy and ease feelings of sickness whilst giving a soothing warming feeling I have made a homemade cinnamon tea. I have also drunk it at other times just because I find the flavour of fresh cinnamon tea pleasing and enjoy the fragrance that rises up from the cup once the tea has been brewed to a good strength. When making this simple cinnamon tea I generally use fresh cinnamon sticks which can be placed into some freshly boiled tap water and allowed to sit in the water until the tea reaches the point where it has plenty of fragrance rising up from the cup.
You can use cinnamon as well as tea to make an enhanced tea based drink if wanted although the cinnamon on its own works well if made up correctly. I have also used powdered cinnamon to make tea, which I always keep for use in cooking and I find that a decent cinnamon tea can be made with just 1 1/2 tea spoons of the powder which can then be mixed with the spoon to distribute it evenly in the water, although you may need to remove any clumpy bits from the tea if they form. You can of course add sugar or honey to this if wanted which will make a rather sweet yet relaxing warm drink, however I tend not to do so and prefer to drink it as it is whilst nice and warm which allows me to enjoy the flavour and the aroma of the cinnamon used to make my tea.
I find cinnamon to be able to make a very soothing and relaxing warm drink that is most easily enjoyed on colder evenings rather than during warmer weather. I am always careful to use a good quality cinnamon rather than anything derived from the cheaper and more harshly flavoured chinese or 'cassia' cinnamon as there has been some worry over the amount of toxic couramin in chinese/ cassia varieties and the concern is that if taken in large quantities this may cause adverse effects although in smaller amounts it has not been of concern.
~Check where your cinnamon sticks came from~
To check the origin of your cinnamon sticks or powder when wanting to make some cinnamon tea all that you need to do is read the label on the product you are buying and if it mentions that your potential purchase may be from a chinese variety I would avoid it just in case. True cinnamon comes from the Ceylon cinnamon tree and the bark once processed makes a finer powder with a lighter more refined taste. The bark sticks are often lighter with thinner layers to them and they can be ground with a home coffee grinder into a home made powder if wanted with a degree of ease. Cassia cinnamon sticks are harder and as such the pieces of bark are not generally rolled into the quill shapes that we recognise and are of the kind that we may see in things like cinnamon scented pot pourri etc.
~Can cinnamon tea aid slimming?~
There are those who suggest that drinking cinnamon tea may help with weight loss although I have not used the tea in that way so cannot comment much on how effective it may be other than to say many people say it works for them. My assumption is that as the cinnamon tea is low on calories and has a sweet fragrant taste it may help to fool the body into thinking it is already full as I sometimes feel that way after a cup of this tea. There are also suggested benefits that may be had from drinking cinnamon tea such as a possible lowering of cholesterol and the easing or settling of an upset tummy, which I find it works well for as it does seem to soothe and relax.
~Price and rating~
As I find a nice warm cup of cinnamon tea both relaxing and soothing with an array of inviting cinnamon fragrance that rises up from the cup to greet me I feel that it makes a nice warm drink for occasional use during colder weather. I also use cinnamon in baking and cooking to produce both sweet and savory dishes to good effect which is why I always keep cinnamon in the home, as it is a useful addition to my spice selection. I have not used the essential oil as a food product as it is the oil that seems to be a potential cause for concern when ingested.
I have found cinnamon to be present in many non food related products such as modern fragrances, pot pourri products, many healthcare products including Tiger Balm and also in toothpaste. I find the occasional cinnamon tea made using cinnamon sticks to be very relaxing when freshly made and as such I want to give it a 4 star rating. Prices for cinnamon powder can begin at as little as 50p for a small jar, with cinnamon sticks being a little more expensive to buy being price at anything from 35p per stick upwards.
Everyone knows the smell of cinnamon. The botanical name for this tree is cinnamomum zeylanicum. It is also known as Laurus Cinnamomum. It grows in Ceylon, China, Brazil, Sumatra, India and other places. The best oil comes from trees that grow in sand in sheltered conditions, with lots of rain. The tree can reach 30 feet in height and has thick, scaley bark and leathery leaves. The root is distilled to make Camphor oil and its the dried inner bark of the shoots that gives cinnamon bark oil. It's fragrant and sweet but very expensive because it takes a huge amount of bark to yield just a few mils of oil. USES +++++ Astringent (for oily skin) Antiseptic As a stimulant Can stop vomitting Helps control flatulence. Combined with chalk in an infusion can help stop diarrhoea. Used in cough medicines. Cinnamon bark oil is much stronger and sweeter smelling than the cheaper Cinnamon Leaf Oil. It can also be used as a food flavouring but make sure you buy food quality oil. This is one of the few essential oils that you can take internally but before you dose yourself make sure that you know what you are doing. It is best to buy the preparation you want already made up if you aren't trained in this area. (You will see why this is extremely important with oil further on!) WARNING: ++++++++ Never exceed recommended dose, May cause allergic reaction in hypersensitive people, Do not use if pregnant. Do not use over a prolonged period of time, Do not use if you have stomach or intestinal ulcers, If you take prescribed medicines check with your GP first, Keep away from mucus membranes and it can burn. Never place undiluted onto skin or it may burn. Large amounts can cause a number of serious complications including the following: tachycardia (irreg
ular heartbeat), depression, insomnia. One of the constituents of this essential oil is SAFROLE which is thought to be CARCINOGEN. Verdict: ++++++++ I would never recommend this oil to a client or use myself because of the strong possibility that it is a carcinogen. I don't see the point in taking the risk.